John Gilroy (1898 - 1985)


John Gilroy was an English artist and cartoonist, famous for his advertising posters for Guinness. Gilroy was born in Whitley Bay on 30th May 1898. As a boy he lived with his parents at Kingsley Place in Heaton and attended Sandyford School followed by Heaton Park Road Upper School. From the age of 15 he was a cartoonist for the Evening Chronicle, producing cartoons of the entertainers playing at the Newcastle theatres. He began won a scholarship to study in Newcastle under Professor Hatten at Armstrong College Art School, then part of Durham University.[1] However, he left to join the Royal Field Artillery during the First World War. After the war he resumed his studies at the Royal College of Art in London. In 1925, he began working for the S.H. Benson's advertising agency in London. It was there where Gilroy created the iconic cartoon poster adverts for Guinness. He was also an accomplished portrait painter. He was awarded an Honorary MA by Newcastle University in 1975. Gilroy died on the 11th April 1985.[2]

John Thomas Young Gilroy (30 May 1898 – 11 April 1985) was an English artist and illustrator, best known for his advertising posters for Guinness, the Irish stout.

Life

Born in Whitley Bay, Northumberland, England, Gilroy attended Durham University until his studies were interrupted by World War I, during which he served with the Royal Field Artillery. He resumed studying at the Royal College of Art in London, where he remained as a teacher. He taught at Camberwell College of Arts.

In 1925, he gained employment at S.H. Benson's advertising agency, where he created the iconic advertisement art for Guinness featuring the Zoo Keeper and animals enjoying Guinness. He worked with Dorothy L. Sayers. He was also an accomplished portrait painter, numbering Royalty, Politicians, Actors and many others amongst his sitters. He worked in his large studio at 10 Holland Park, London, the former home and studio of Sir Bernard Partridge. He was a long-standing and much loved member of the Garrick Club, where he was created a Life Member and Chairman of the Works of Art Committee 1970-1975. He was awarded and Honorary MA by Newcastle University in 1975, and was made a Freeman of the City of London in 1981

John Gilroy died at Guildford on 11 April 1985.

Family

He married twice. First, in 1924, to Gwendoline Short, an artist like himself. They had one son - John Morritt in 1927. His second marriage, in 1950, was to Elizabeth Margaret Outram Bramley who already had a daughter (Jenefer) and a son (Robin).

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